No matter what comes of the protests in Iran, it's unlikely that the country's oil output will rise significantly.Photo: Hamed SaberThis essay was originally published on TomDispatch and is republished here with Tom's kind permission. Whatever the outcome of the protests, uprisings, and rebellions now sweeping the Middle East, one thing is guaranteed: The world of oil will be permanently transformed. Consider everything that's now happening as just the first tremor of an oilquake that will shake our world to its core. For a century stretching back to the discovery of oil in southwestern Persia before World War I, Western …
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Michael T. Klare
Michael T. Klare is a professor at Hampshire College and an author, most recently, of The Race for What's Left.